Mike had to tell the whole story in order to prove that while his foray into the underworld of burundanga was not his finest moment, it was also far from the sleaze that the fake email was smearing him with. His explanation was offered as a figurative bowed head, in order to hold onto those few friends he still trusted and bring the ones he'd angered back into the fold.
(After FTW closed up shop for good as an active site - though the archives remain online - other high jinx took place which undoubtedly originated with weightier enemies than the bogus email: For a while, clicking on certain links led not to FTW articles but to WING-TV,
This was the website of Victor Thorn, aka Scott Makufka. One of Mike's nemeses during the heyday of FTW, Thorn is the author of such masterworks as Occult 9-11; JFK and UFO; and Hillary (And Bill:) The Sex Volume and The Holocaust Hoax Exposed.
Mike's suspicion that Victor Thorn had been tasked by the government with being a thorn in Mike's side may have proven justified. As soon as FTW closed for good, so did WING-TV. Their last show aired in November, 2006.)